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Two Crusader football camps will be held next week

Sumner Newscow report — There will be two Crusader football camps to be held over the next week.

The Crusaders Developmental football camp will be held for any male or female from first to sixth grade on Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $10 and will include a shirt. The camp will be held at the Wellington High School practice field or in the high school gymnasium if there is inclement weather. The sign up information can be found here.


The Crusaders Middle School Football Camp will be held Wednesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. with the details being the same as the Development football camp above. The sign up information can be found here

Tyler Brown wins men’s 5K run at Kansas Wheat Festival

Tyler Brown wins 2018 Kansas Wheat Run.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tyler Brown, who is approaching his junior year at Wellington High School, was winner of the men’s 5K run at Saturday’s 2018 Security State Bank Wheat Run.

Lacey Buckwalter, a Sterling College track and field athlete from Sylvia, Kans., was the winner of the women’s event.

Lacey Buckwalter wins the women’s 5K.

Brown ran the race in 18.40 while Buckwalter came in at 22:20.

In the one mile run, Zach Haxton of Argonia was the winner of the boys. Tavia Hart was the one-mile winner for the women. Photo gallery of the event can be found here.

The full results for both races per age group are as follows: 

Ben Heasty sinks hole in one on #1 at Wellington Golf Course

Sumner Newscow report — Hole in ones at the Wellington Golf Course are usually reserved for people hitting off Hole #6 or Hole #11, both par 3’s.

However, Ben Heasty made a hole in one Sunday off of par 4 Hole #1. He used a driver to sink the shot at 309 yards. Brecken Lawrence was the witness.

Time to register for The Great Race

Registration for the 2018 Great Race is July 5.

Sumner Newscow report — The Great Race began at the Slate Creek Depot in 1977 and the 2018 event is almost upon us.

Saturday, July 21 is the date and you and your team must register and pay by July 5 to be part of it.  The 2017 winners were Security State Bank.  

The entry fee of $150 is payable directly to the Chamber.  You can pick up a form at the Chamber office or print one from our website home page.  

For more information (and some incredible pics!), check out the official Great Race website at:  

Tim Ricke gets a hole in one at Wellington Golf Club

Tim Ricke

Sumner Newscow report — Tim Ricke of Wellington made a hole in one on Hole No. 11 Saturday in the WGA Match Play Championship. He knocked it in from 151 yards with an 8 iron  and went on to win his match. Witnesses: Jerry Kiser, John Venskus, Tom Daniel and Kris Harrod.

Wellington High School football camp to be held June 25 – June 29

Sumner Newscow report — A Wellington High School football camp will be held at the high school practice field on June 25- June 29, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for incoming freshmen through seniors. People are free to attend.

Anyone planning on playing football in the fall, must attend the camp. 

Jensen Lynnes, Nash Oswald break swim records in Sailfish season opener

Will Mott swims in his first swim meet.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Wellington battled Derby in the first swim meet of the season at the Wellington Aquatic Center. Here was some of the highlights that occurred at the meet:

Several records were broken on a cloudy, but steamy hot Tuesday evening:

Jensen Lynnes

•Jensen Lynnes set two new pool records and three team records. She broke records in the 200 freestyle at 2:24.65 (also a new team record). This broke a 2003 record held by Arielle Horsch of Wellington. In the 100 freestyle she swam a 1:08.84 (also a new team record). This broke a pool record from 2011 held by Wellington’s Bliss Baird.

Lynnes also set a new team record in the 50 free with a 31.33 time. This breaks a 2003 record previously held by Arielle Horsch.

Nash Oswald

•Nash Oswald also set two pool records and three team records as well:

In the 50 back, he swam a 34.91 (also a team record). This broke a record from 2000 held by a McPherson swimmer.

In the 50 free, Oswald swam a 30.79 (also a team record) which broke a 2011 record held by a Winfield swimmer.  Nash also set a new team record in  50 fly at 36.83.

This broke a team record set by John Heath in 1999.

Four Wellington Golfers are participating in the Kansas Junior Championships

Blake Saffell at Kansas Junior Championships. This photo appeared on the Kansas Golf Association Twitter feed.

Sumner Newscow report — Four Wellington golfers are currently competing in the 59th Boys Junior Amateur Championships at Stagg Hill Golf Club in Manhattan.

The first two days of the three-day tournament have been played. Blake Saffell is currently tied for 11th with a 147, for a three-over par. He shot a 73 on Day 1 and 74 after Day 2.

Lucas Scheufler is 5-over with a 149, tied for 17th place, after shooting a daily 74 and 75.

Ty Wilson is 12-over with a 156, tied for 38th, after shooting a daily 80 and 76.

Deitrek Gill is 16-over with a 160, tied for 61st, after shooting a daily 84 and 76.

Wellington Heat host baseball clinic, are 11-3 for the season

Sumner Newscow report — Things are going well for the Wellington Heat. The team hosted a baseball clinic on Saturday in which 65 Sumner County youngsters showed up for a day of instruction at Hibbs-Hooten Field.

On the ball field, Wellington is 11-3 for the season, losing its first Kansas Collegiate Baseball game of the season – a 8-7 loss to the Valley Center Mud Daubers in 12 innings Tuesday night.

The Heat will be hosting the 316 Elite at 7 p.m. tonight. You can get your free tickets at Rausch Tire.

Oh, and Slyder – the Golden Retriever mascot just celebrated his sixth birthday. 

Wellington Sailfish to start 2018 season hosting Derby tonight

The 2018 Wellington Swim Team (click on picture for larger version)

Sumner Newscow report — Tonight, the Wellington Sailfish open another season at the Aquatic Center. The team will host Derby tonight at 6 p.m.

The 2018 swim season schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, June 12, Derby at Wellington.

Tuesday, June 19, Wellington at Haysville.

Tuesday, June 26, Wellington at Winfield.

Baseball/softball All-League Post-season honors…

Sumner Newscow report — The baseball and softball all-league selections were released for the Ark Valley – Chisholm Trail League and South Central Border League (Walter Johnson in baseball).

Those from Wellington, who made the AV-CTL DIV softball list are as follows:

First team

Second base, Rylee Rusk, freshman.

Outfield, Gracie Fink, senior.

Pitcher, Brooke McCorkle, junior.

Shortstop, Jacelyn Buck, junior.

Utility, Avery Rusk, Senior.

Second team

Wellington Heat to host youth baseball camp for ages 5-12 Saturday morning

Sumner Newscow report — Tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Wellington Heat will be having a youth baseball camp, ages 5-12, at Hibbs-Hooten field in Sellers Park. Feel free to send your children over to learn a few tips from the Heat baseball players.

Also, tonight at 7:05 p.m., Wellington will be taking on the McPherson Pipeliners.

Also, today is the last day to pick up tickets for Sunday’s game against the Park City Rangers. Tickets are available at Sumner Communications.

Blake Saffell, Ty Wilson selected Kansas Coaches Golf Association first team Class 4A golfers

Blake Saffell and Ty Wilson.

Sumner Newscow report — The hits keep on coming for Wellington High School golfers Ty Wilson and Blake Saffell. Both boys were named to the 2018 Kansas Golf Coaches Association All-State first team.

The two golfers were two of only six to be selected to the Class 4A list. The other high school athletes include Cooper Schultz of Andover Central, Tradgo McCrae of Hays, Chase Dillon of Wamego and Peyton Wilson of Andover Central.

Wilson, a Wellington High School senior, is bound for Dodge City Community College, where he will be playing for the Conquistadors. He finished sixth recently at the Class 4A State Tournament in Emporia and was the winner of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV tournament.

Saffell, a WHS freshman, has another three years of high school. He recently won the Wellington Golf Regional. 

Caldwell’s Dakota Volavka, Sean Blosser to participate in 33rd annual eight-man All Star football game

Dakota Volavka

Sumner Newscow report — The 33rd annual Kansas eight-man All Star Football games will be played in Beloit on Saturday, June 9.

The Division II game will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Trojan Field on North Hersey Avenue. Pregame will begin at 1 p.m. with introduction of the players. Dakota Volavka, Caldwell, has been selected to play on the East squad.

Sean Blosser, the Caldwell head football coach, will also be an assistant coach for the East squad. Caldwell finished 9-2 in 2017.

Volavka was a running back and defensive back for the Bluejays, and expects to play the same position this weekend against the best eight-man teams in the state. 

Sumner County athletes tune up for the 2018 Kansas Track and Field Championships

Taylor Meyer of Wellington will be participating in the Class 4A javelin event.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County track athletes are the last to finish off the spring sports season, and hopefully they will not finish last in the Kansas State Track and Field Championships at Wichita State University.

The track meet begins Friday with preliminaries and field events. Saturday will be the running finals and more field events.

As far as Sumner County athletes, there are not as many competing as in years past. Still there are a few looking to come away with medals.

At the top of the Sumner County list is Taylor McGlothlin who will be competing in three events, with a strong chance of winning a state championship in the 400 meters. It has been awhile since Wellington has had a state track champion. McGlothlin, a senior, is currently the school record holder and has the top Class 4A time in 4A going into the event.

In the regional last weekend, McGlothlin ran the quarter-mile type race at 59.15. The second runner to come close to that time in the regionals is Corrin Searcy of Tonganoxie who ran the time at 59.64.

Joe Newman said his decision to switch from head coach at Belle Plaine to Wellington was really, really tough

Joe Newman, shown here during a Belle Plaine game, is returning to Wellington.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There is a saying that there is “no place like home.” At least that is what is Joe Newman is hoping.

Newman was hired to become the new head basketball coach at Wellington, after four years at Belle Plaine.

“It was a tough decision,” Newman said. “I loved Belle Plaine and saw myself there for a few more years.”

But the Wellington coaching job opened up after Rick Roitman resigned after two years at the helm of the WHS program. Newman decided to make the jump – because, well, you never know when the coaching vacancy will open up again. After all, he has children in elementary. They will be in high school soon.

“Becoming the head coach at Wellington has always been on my bucket list,” Newman said. “I grew up here, I played high school basketball here, my family is here, I teach school here, I live here. It just seemed as if this was an opportunity I shouldn’t pass up.”

Ty Wilson places sixth, Blake Saffell ties for 17th in 4A State Golf Tournament

Ty Wilson and Blake Saffell at the Class 4A State Tournament in Emporia. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington golf season concluded Monday in the Class 4A State Tournament at the Emporia Municipal Golf Course. Crusader senior Ty Wilson finished sixth in the 18-hole tournament featuring the best golfers in Class 4A. Freshman Blake Saffell would finish tied for 17th place.

Wilson completed his WHS career, shooting a 72, one-over par. Saffell would shoot a 5-over 76 (see full results here).

This concludes an exceptional season for the 2018 Dukes highlighted by winning the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV tournament in McPherson and losing the tiebreaker to qualify as a team for state in the Class 4A Regional in Wellington a week ago.

Overall, Andover Central won the Class 4A team title for the second consecutive year with a 290 team score, outdistancing Hays that finished second by 17 strokes. That was an even larger margin for Andover Central than the Wellington Regional. Wichita Trinity placed fourth with a 312. Interestingly, Andale, which Wellington beat in league, was a third place finish with a 308.

Wellington’s Buck ends amazing sophomore year with the Shockers

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wichita State got off to a good start at the NCAA softball regionals in Fayetteville, Arkansas, but could not overcome a strong Arkansas team that won the region and advanced. Wellngton native Ryleigh Buck plays first base for Wichita State.

Ryleigh Buck

After beating Oklahoma State in the first game on Friday, Wichita State fell to Arkansas 5-0. That game was close however, as the Razorbacks scored three runs in the seventh inning.

Wichita State had only one hit in that game. The Razorbacks were not scored on in their first two games, and gave up three hits in both games combined.

Wichita State then played Oklahoma State again, and the Shockers had the Cowgirls’ number this year. The Shockers beat Oklahoma State 5-4, coming from behind with two runs in the fifth to get the win.

Ryleigh Buck has big game for victorious Wichita State in regional opener

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington native Ryleigh Buck had a big game for Wichita State in the first game of the NCAA College Softball playoffs Friday in Fayetteville, Ark.

Ryleigh Buck

The Shockers beat Oklahoma State – a team that was ranked earlier in the year.

Buck was 3-5 on the day, and had hits in her first three at-bats. She had a double, two RBIs and a run scored.

She had a single in the second, and the Shockers got the bases loaded but didn’t score.

She had another single in the third, and that drove in a run. Buck later scored in the inning as the Shockers scored four runs to take a 4-2 lead. Buck drove in another run in the fourth with a double as the Shockers added three more runs to blow the game open.

Ark City eliminates Wellington in regional baseball championship game

Cade Phelps completes his senior year with a home run in the seventh. However, it was too little, too late as Ark City staved off Wellington’s upset bid. (Clausen/Traveler-Courier photos).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It has been more than a decade since a Wellington High School baseball team made it to the Class 4A State Tournament. The Crusaders will have to wait at least another year, as they fell to the top seed Ark City Bulldogs 4-1 in the Winfield Regional Championship game.

Wellington finishes the year at 13-9.

It was a good tournament for the Crusaders, defeating Mulvane 6-4 in the rain delayed semifinal game. The Wildcats had swept Wellington during the regular season, significantly, 10-0 and 11-5.

But in this game, Wellington had control for most of the game. The Dukes led 4-0 after 4 1/2 innings after a big three-run inning in the top of the fifth. Matthew Rinehart would line drive DeAndre Washington home to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead. Then Wellington would add two more runs to up the lead to 4-0.

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